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Amazing story, Avi!


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Hi, I'm Owen K.C. Stephens, co-creator of Starfinder and the original Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo.

I have a number of Infinite Masters products for Starfinder currently available in Paizo's Starfinder Infinite community content program. The content in all of these was either developed or written by me.

Galactic Magic: The Feats Chapter
Pages: 13 Price: $4.95
Authors: Owen K.C. Stephens, Dustin Knight, Sasha Laranoa Harving
Developer: OKCS
WELCOME TO THE FEATS CHAPTER OF GALACTIC MAGIC!

Well, okay, not really.

But as the original Design Lead for Starfinder, this is the chapter of feats I *would* have put into Galactic Magic if I'd been tasked with creating such a thing. Along with two amazing freelance writers, I've created a slew of feats to expand options for spellcasters of any class, as some extra love for the new classes that have only recently entered the game.

So if you want spellcasters in your games to have more feats that feel designed just for them, this is the chapter you need to add next to your copy of Galactic Magic!

DANGER DOSSIER
Pages: 70 Price: $14.95
Author: Andrew White
Developer: OKCS
IT'S A DANGEROUS GALAXY OUT THERE!

Alghollthu. Black puddings. Primal dragons. Intellect devourers. Raveners. Shoggoth. They may have all been threats on the world of Golarion, but that doesn't mean you won't encounter them on hundreds of other worlds. And even with a laser rifle handy, these creatures put you in real danger.

Danger Dossier updates 32 classic Pathfinder monsters to Starfinder, with more than 50 stat blocks, templates to create more creatures, and full-color illustrations of everything from alghollthu interlocutors to zomoks.


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Since we were both trying to simplify the game, and had decided to give people armor that can give you days of life support, we decided to eliminate any penalty for sleeping or resting in armor.


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Patrick was a HUGE help in showing me the ropes of the "Paizo Way of Doing Things" when I first came to work at the office in 2014.
He's also a great creative, and a steady developer.


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Thank you for this.


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Oh, I had no idea this was coming, and I am super-excited for it!


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Vydale Mystraline wrote:
The Pyramid of the Dog, now that's some old memories...

Sometimes, it's nice to sneak a deep cut in while writing something new. :)


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Congratulations, to Paizo, the Paizo Union, and the fans, freelancers, and community who helped make this happen.


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Isis Woz wrote:
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:

The cynical mind now wonders if 'Infinite' was designed to do a content 'shortcut' on the cheap to compensate for freelance slowdown/stoppage.

I don't like thinking that way.

Paizo executives, please prove me wrong, recognize UPW.

Hey, just wanted to chime in and say "Infinite" was in the works well before the announcement at GenCon. It takes months to plan out something on that level and it was not founded in reliation to our (freelancers) actions.

Unsurprisingly, Isis is 100% correct.


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For those of you not aware, independent creators can now make products using Pathfinder's IP, using the Paizo Infinite programs!

There's some GREAT stuff available already.

I am particular excited about the fiction! Pathfinder fiction, again!

Vellum & Lace Ep 00 Moving Day is available at a promo for just 50 cents!

And check out the October-appropriate Something to Dismember Me By: A Harrowing Hayride, 11-pages of autumnal fun and mini-games!


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I support United Paizo Workers.

I know a lot of the names who signed. Some are my friends. Others are just among the smartest, most centered, most well-informed people I know.

I trust them to be correct about what they need to do good work.


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Eshenesra wrote:

However, how will the actual formatting and presentation of the submissions work? Will there be an interface on Pathfidner infinite or will will have to invest in a variety of PDF editing software to submit our entries? I am worried this will be a roadblock for me and other people.

I have read the FAQ's but I am just not following it's advice very well.

Noting that I am a freelancer and third-party publisher, not someone running this program:

You still need to make a finished pdf product yourself before putting it up for sale. There will be some templates and guidelines to help but, yes, ultimately you need to either figure out some editing/layout software and skills, or work with someone who can do that for you.

Since the system is capable of diving income among multiple creators, one option would be to form a collaboration with a graphic artist or publisher, and do the writing and editing, but have a partner do layout, and split the income in some agreed-upon fashion.


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Yoshua wrote:
It is a good post. Really good post. But has nothing to do with Sara Marie or Diego. Which by the time I got to the end of the near 30 tweets left me a bit sad as that is what the current hot topic should be.

I have amplified what Sara Marie and Diego have had to say as I could, which isn't much tbh.

I am firmly in their corner, but lack any specific knowledge that would allow me to make a call for specific action.

If either of them wants any help or amplification from me at all, I have told both they have my unwavering support.


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Umbral Reaver wrote:
Anorak wrote:
Cross posting, everyone should take a moment today to read Owen's thoughts about Paizo Twitter Thread
For those of us that can't view birdsite, what's the contents of this?

For such folks, I also have the whole thing here.

I consider Lissa Guillet's statement far more important than mine, but to the best of my knowledge it is only available on Facebook, here.


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NielsenE wrote:
(I was just on your website and Patreon trying to find a barely remembered page/article about reaching out to you for various rpg consulting questions/services and couldn't find it; do you have a link?)

It's the $200/month "unicorn" tier of my Patreon. That gets 1 hr/month.

I also sell consulting ad hoc for people who don't need ongoing services.


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NielsenE wrote:
One of the biggest drains on my creativity is having to come up with an interesting pantheon, when I'd rather just use Golarions. (Since I know if I write my own to support the story, most GMs would just swap it out for Golarion, or Faerun's, or their home brew anyways). Somewhat of a similar issue with all of PF2's ancestries -- the look and feel of elves coupled with their backstory is all protected/IP content. Other ancestries are similarly complicated to tease apart what can be safely used.

I mean, the universe of Golarion includes Earth.

Put it on another world, in the same universe, with the same gods and cosmology.


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James Jacobs wrote:
it would disappoint me to know that someone else is essentially using an adventure I wrote to make money off of that hard work. But it might play out that there's not much to be done about that, I guess.

My current answer (because I AM working on something like this) is to get the original author of the adventure to make the new edition update guide.

That means PF2 fans can play the PF1 adventure (though they'll have to have a copy of the PF1 version -- I'm having an update guide created, NOT copying and pasting any text or maps and such, but Paizo has PDFs of all those for sale), and the original author can oversee his intent and expand as desired with side quests, rules for 6 players, and so on.


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Mark Moreland wrote:
Dustin Knight wrote:
Is there room in the program for multi-creator collaborative works? Would they just have to be posted under one creator's account, a shared account, or tagged on two different accounts?
All products need to be posted by a single publisher, but depending on how the account is set up, you can share your portion of the revenue however you want (royalties for authors/artists, split evenly between partners, donated to charity, etc.) OBS has a really robust set of tools for publishers, whether the content is being sold on DriveThruRPG or one of the partner programs like Pathfinder Infinite.

And one of the big advantages of this, if you do an income split, is that you never see the money you don't get. When I pay profit share on RGG sales, the money coms in to RGG, I have to do the math and pass it out, and then tell the IRS I made the money but spent it on business expenses (and to who and how much if it is enough money).

Doing things this way, if on a $4 product I get $1 and a collaborator gets $1, it happens automatically (once I set it up that way), and it's never officially my income.


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Filthy Lucre wrote:
I'm genuinely shocked to see how many people care about the pathfinder setting. I only care about the rules and use none of their IP and I assumed that was normal, but I guess people actually think golarion is good?

There are at least three camps, none of which are small.

Gimme the rules, I don't care about the setting.

Gimme the setting, I don't care about the rules.

Gimme both, I need them together.

Obviously, Paizo has a significant advantage in marketing to all three at once. And since no one can do the setting without Paizo, and Paizo already gives away the rules without setting for free, pretty clearly they don't see people trying to steal those markets as serious issues.

Of course, there are sub-groups, like "Gimme these rules AND a complete setting, made by these people, with this tone, I don't care if it's Golarion." That group MIGHT be one someone could steal... but it would be difficult and time consuming.

I sat in a lot of meetings about these questions for Starfinder and PF2 within the company. Everyone involved is expertly aware of the potential risks, and what it would take for any person or group to try to capitalize on them in a way that would damage Paizo's sales.


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"I wonder how much Paizo realizes how easy it is just to make a pathfinder 2.5 without paizo thanks to the OGL"

They know *exactly* how easy it is... and how hard, as well.


Smartly and tightly written.


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Nice Lu.
I enjoyed it a lot.


Obviously if anyone has any questions or concerns, I am here to answer them!


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Heya folks!

Everything at the Rogue Genius Games store on Paizo.com is 25% off, now through Feb 28th.

And then after that, we're shutting that store down.

RGG will continue to exist and offer our products at other venues where you currently find them, but we'll be closing the Paizo.com store at the end of the month.

So if you want to get anything you'd access through this site, this is your Last Chance.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Paizo staff for their help with the store over the years. They've been tremendous and professional, and I appreciate all they've done.

I remain a big fan of the company, and it's games, and plan to keep playing all of them for years to come!

Owen K.C. Stephens
Publisher, Rogue Genius Games


Obviously if anyone has any questions or concerns, I'm here to answer them.


Heya folks!

Everything at the Rogue Genius Games store on Paizo.com is 25% off, now through Feb 28th.

And then after that, we're shutting that store down.

RGG will continue to exist and offer our products at other venues where you currently find them, but we'll be closing the Paizo.com store at the end of the month.

So if you want to get anything you'd access through this site, this is your Last Chance.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Paizo staff for their help with the store over the years. They've been tremendous and professional, and I appreciate all they've done.

I remain a big fan of the company, and it's games, and plan to keep playing all of them for years to come!

Owen K.C. Stephens
Publisher, Rogue Genius Games


Heya folks!

Everything at the Rogue Genius Games store on Paizo.com is 25% off, now through Feb 28th.

And then after that, we're shutting that store down.

RGG will continue to exist and offer our products at other venues where you currently find them, but we'll be closing the Paizo.com store at the end of the month.

So if you want to get anything you'd access through this site, this is your Last Chance.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Paizo staff for their help with the store over the years. They've been tremendous and professional, and I appreciate all they've done.

I remain a big fan of the company, and it's games, and plan to keep playing all of them for years to come!

Owen K.C. Stephens
Publisher, Rogue Genius Games


Obviously if anyone has questions or concerns, I'm here to address them. :)


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Congratulations to both Michael and James, who I have always been very impressed with!


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You all do AMAZING work, and I look forward to seeing what you produce next!


Belltrap wrote:

Hi again Mr. Stephens. Been following your RWW campaign notes on your blog with interest.

Question: If I want to know more about the Xa-Oroso/Blood Space setting for Starfinder, what would you say is the best place to begin? What would you say are the key books that give a good overall picture of the campaign setting?

Sorry this sat for so long! I moved three time in 12 months, and getting unpacked has taken a ton more time than I expected.

We have one adventure and three gazetteers on Blood Space so far -- Ulo, Tor, and the Solar Court.

And they are all part of the current Bundle of Holding, along with some other great Starfinder products my numerous companies!

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/StarfinderEmpires


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As the person who created House Zeizerer, I LOVE this!
Great writing job!


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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Owen, this was simply lovely!

I really appreciate that. :)


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Evan Tarlton wrote:
Oh, this is magnificent. The choice of second-person for the narration... *chef's kiss*

Thanks!

This is my most experimental fiction to date, so I am delighted people seem to be digging it.


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Congratulations!

I've loved following your career, and expect to see a ton more awesome stuff with your name on it. . I guess I should point everyone to Feats of Bravery to celebrate. :)


Awesome story, Lyz!


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Take care of yourself, James.


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I loved working with Amanda.
I loved working for Amanda.
I look forward to the awesome things she is going to make happen in her new, well-deserved position.


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Erik,
Thank you. Deeply, and sincerely.
I cannot imagine there is a better way to handle where you are now, and I appreciate this post, and the actions that accompany it.


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I am super-excited!


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Shirren were already a space-faring culture when they broke free of the Hivemind. Thus they have no historic cultures of their own.
To solve this, Arthopologists have built shirren worlds emulating earlier cultural/tech development. FlintlockWorld is the most popular.
#StarFound


That was the authorial intent.


I believe they are of the construct type, but do not have construct immunities. So, for example charm person does not affect them, because it targets humanoids, and they are not of that type.


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Hobgoblins enjoy the stimulating drink khurgb, which is mildly poisonous. It can, however, be safely drunk through a platinum or silver straw, making those popular forms of wealth display in hobgoblin societies.
Goblins generally just slurp it down, then bring it up.
#Starfound

As the goblin word for goblins is "genb," and for hobgoblins is "ulgenb," & the 'hob' in 'hobgoblin' means 'elflike,' many humans think 'ul' is the goblin word for 'elf."
Instead, 'ul' means 'true,' and many hobgoblins consider the common-language term "hobgoblin" an active insult.
#Starfound


Jacob brought me this project where he illustrated AND wrote a whole Legacy bestiary book!
With mimics that can be soda machines and uplifted owlbears!
There's just over a week left on the crowdfinding campaign.


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bugleyman wrote:
With all due respect, at this point there is no realistic scenario under which going ahead with PaizoCon as planned would be remotely responsible. I urge you to do the right thing.

I have no doubt whatsoever Paizo will do the right thing.

But that can be a complex, and time-consuming process.

They need to go over their contracts. They need to figure out if the current situation legally triggers various clauses. They need to talk to their partners, guests, vendors, people who make their living selling at cons. Not to discuss if this is the right move, but to discuss how to handle it.

If they want to move the date, they need to see if any dates far enough in the future to potentially be safe are open.

That all takes time. While neither they, nor anyone they call, is likely to be in their offices. This slows down the whole process.

No one is flying out to the Con two months early. They have time to get their ducks in a row.


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This is awesome Lyz!


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Stay safe, Paizonians.


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I am so excited for robot dragons!


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Contemplatives have a form of telepathic perormance known as "Pensato," where numerous contemplatives join in alternating harmonious and discordant contemplations which pass over "observing" telepaths in waves of linked ideas.
Lashunta love it. Shirrens find it creepy.
#Starfound

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